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No. 340, January 1998

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 Japanese Companies in the US


METALS AND FABRICATED PRODUCTS

SYMETRIX CORP. of Colorado Springs, Colorado licensed to MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP. its Y-1 ferroelectric material for forming thin-film capacitors with EMOD (enhanced metal-organic decomposition) technology. Y-1 is key to the production of ferroelectric RAM chips, which are used in noncontact smart cards. MMC will start making Y-1 this spring at a new clean-room factory near Kobe. Japan's largest integrated manufacturer of nonferrous metals expects Y-1 to add about $1.5 million annually to its sales of thin-film materials within three years.

An exchange rate of ¥130=$1.00 was used in this report.
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